Meehlhause plans to run for Mayor of Bemidji

Ward 1 representative Michael Meehlhause announced his intention to run for mayor this year.

According to a release, Meehlhause won his first Bemidji Council election in 2012, the same year he graduated from Bemidji State University, making him the youngest council member in Bemidji’s history. Meehlhause said that as mayor, he will “bring his experience and exuberance for this city to help us envision Bemidji’s future together.”

Meehlhause has lived in Bemidji since 2007, and currently works as an Academic Advisor at Trek North High School, and is also the Nordic Ski Team coach.

The filing period for five of Bemidji’s seven elected officer positions begins this morning, with a $5 filing fee and affidavits of candidacy may be filed electronically, in a first for this year.

The elected positions include regular elections for Wards 1, 3 and 5, each four year terms; a special election for Ward 2, which would be about a 2 year term; and the mayor’s position, a 2 year term.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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